Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the US deputy secretary of state Stephen Beigum has discussed the issue of repatriating Rohingyas to Myanmar .
Hasina has asked for US help in this regard and for sending back convicted Mujib killer Rashed Chowdhury who is now hiding in the USA
Beigun has informed the PM that the Rashed case is being reviewed by the US attorney general office.
The US deputy secretary state highly appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous economic stability and progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Sheikh Hasina , during the conversation, asked for US help to resolve Stephen E. Beigun the Rohingya issue , pointing to a huge number of the displaced Myanmar nationals are living in camps in Cox’s Bazar.
“Some quarters could mislead them to be involved in anti-social activities. So, we need their immediate repatriation to their homeland,” she said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphased the immediate repatriation of the Rohingyas in their homeland and reiterated her call to the international community, including the United States, to help in their repatriation process.
“We want immediate repatriation of the Rohingyas and the world community, including the United States, should help rehabilitate them in their homeland of Myanmar,” Hasina said.
Hasina made the appeal when US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Beigun paid a courtesy call on her at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on Thursday afternoon.
In this connection, Stephen E. Beigun said the United States wants permanent solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis. “We’ll continue to extend our support to Bangladesh on this issue,” he said.
The prime minister mentioned that there are over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Rohingya people in Bangladesh.
“It’s an extra burden for us. The problem has been created by Myanmar and we’re holding dialogues with them … they should take back their citizens,” she said.
He said the visa services for Bangladeshi students will be reopened after the easing of COVID-19 situation.
The US deputy secretary of state, who arrived in Bangladesh on Wednesday, said he has already discussed the issue of economic cooperation with Bangladesh officials.
“The US government will closely work with Bangladesh for promoting economic and trade relations,” he said.
He discussed with the premier coronavirus situation in the USA, saying that over two lakh people died there after being infected with the deadly virus.
“We’re close to making the vaccines available and hope that the vaccines will be available in the markets in the next two weeks,” he said.
He said several US companies are manufacturing the vaccines, while widespread vaccination will start from next year.
He said the Bangladesh is attracting foreign investment in huge volume, mentioning that the United States wants to further strengthen the cooperation with Bangladesh in the energy sector.
The prime minister said her government is setting up 100 special economic zones across the country to attract more investment from home and abroad as well as generate employment.
Sheikh Hasina also briefly highlighted her government’s steps to contain the COVID-19 alongside keeping the wheels of the country’s economy vibrant amid the pandemic.
US Ambassador in Dhaka Earl R. Miller and PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus were present during the meeting.